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Tips for Keeping It Clean While Living with Pets

rebecca - Monday, October 30, 2017

Not many things make you feel quite as good as the greeting from your pet when you return home. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when a furry bundle of love is jumping at your feet anxious to spend the rest of the day with you. However, after you take a few more steps into your apartment, and see the mess you have to clean up from your pet’s shenanigans, it’s hard to remain calm. Don’t let this scare you away from a pet! There are many ways to keep the mess to a minimum so you spend less time cleaning and more time hanging with your best “furry” friend.

Dog Hair.

Pets leave a little piece of them wherever they go, or should we say A LOT of hair. While it is nearly impossible to stop a pet from shedding there are plenty of ways to keep it contained and to prevent a lot of it.

  1. Place a blanket or a towel in the place(s) your pet loves to lay. This way, the fur remains off of the furniture and will result in easy cleaning. Shake it out and run it through the wash.
  2. Get your pets groomed regularly. Keeping your pets’ hair cut and clean will lessen the amount around your home. This will also leave your home smelling a lot nicer as well.
  3. Purchase a vacuum or mop that is specific to people with pets. This will ensure a deeper clean and pick the hair up better, rather than blowing it around.
  4. Keep a lint roller by your front door. You are bound to get a bit a hair on you when you kiss your fur baby goodbye. On your way out give yourself a little rollover right before you leave!
  5. Brushing your pet often will capture stray hair instead of it falling all over your home.

Odor.

While we love having our furry friend to cuddle up with, they don’t always give off the most pleasant of smells. Keep your pet and furniture fresh to avoid a home that smells like “dog”.

  1. Wash their bed often. A pet’s bed can collect odors from the pet laying around and the toys it brings in with it. A clean bed will lessen the “dog” odor. Besides, who doesn’t like crawling into a clean bed?
  2. Air Freshener. Keep a spray bottle of an air freshener around at all times and spritz your house and your animal’s blankets/bed often, especially when you don’t have time to wash it.
  3. Another trick for bad smells is baking soda. Sprinkle this in an area where your pet had an accident and the scent will be gone in no time.
  4. Bathing your pet regularly will also keep the odors to a minimum. However, there is such a thing as over bathing your dog! It’s best on an as needed basis or once a month.

Tidiness.

  1. Buy cute baskets to keep your pets toys in. Being able to collect toys around the house and throw them in one place will help keep your place organized. Cute baskets can double as cute décor as well!
  2. It’s extremely important to have basic pet clean-up supplies on hand. If you have to run to the store after a mess, the disaster will sit around longer, making it smell worse. While it may not be that type of disaster without the cleaning supply right there, you are less likely to get to it.
  3. Exercising your buddy will wear them out and keep them happy. Happy pets leads to less rowdy behavior inside.

Most importantly, remain calm. A pet may cause a mess every now and then but the companionship is always worth it! Don’t let yourself get fired up when your pet has an “accident” or leaves its toys everywhere. Instead, remember how sweet they usually are and grab your handy cleaning supplies!


Halloween in Pittsburgh

rebecca - Thursday, October 26, 2017

It’s that time of year again! Haunted houses, crazy costumes and a whole lot of fun Halloween parties. Lucky for us Pittsburghers, there are tons of things going on this weekend to celebrate. Whether you prefer to be scared out of your mind, or just have a good time at some fun parties and events, there are plenty of options for you that will ensure a great Hallo-weekend!

Scarehouse

For all things horrifying and spooky, Pittsburgh’s Scarehouse is best place to be. Voted one of the scariest attractions in the country, this haunted house will definitely keep you on your toes and possibly running for the door. This year’s newest attraction includes Savage Serial Killers Take Over a Hotel. A 3-D circus filled with clowns and a world infested with demons awaits your arrival. This is the last weekend to experience all things scary, so don’t miss out!

Boo N Brew

Join BOB FM’s 96.9 on the Gateway Clipper for the Halloween Boo N Brew. Your Saturday night will be filled with great food, awesome music, and amazing prizes for wearing your best costume. The grand prize includes a trip for two to Las Vegas with accommodations and airfare covered. So dress up in your best costume and come out to one of Pittsburgh’s best Halloween parties!

Jergel’s Halloween Bash and Costume Party

Put your best costume together and come out to Jergel’s Rhythm Grille for their Halloween Rock Star Bash and Costume Party! With live music and a chance to win $1,000, it’s a party you won’t want to miss! Doors open at 4 and show time starts at 8. If you want to participate in the costume party, be sure to arrive by 8:30 to be included in the judging.

The Nightmare Tour

Climb aboard one of the spookiest tours Pittsburgh has to offer. This bus ride is guaranteed to keep you spooked through all hours of the night. The tour will take you through haunting places in Zelienople and Harmony and you will experience stories of ghost sighting and chilling hauntings. You will also come face to face with the Ghost of Strand Theater! If you love being scared, especially this time of year, this bus tour is perfect for you!

Frankenskate Costume Party Spooktacular

If you’re looking for something different for your Halloween celebration, this Frankenskate party is perfect for you! Beaver County Skating Club is calling you to lace up your skates and bring out your best costume for a Halloween night to remember! Enjoy of night a skating and enter to win prizes for the best costume.

Heavenly Halloween Bash

Pittsburgh’s iconic nightclub HEAVEN is reopening for a Heavenly Halloween Bash. Come out and enjoy music from Metro Mix DJ and Hohman. This party will also have a costume contest, so remember to dress to kill and breakout your best dance moves under the original HEAVEN disco ball. General admission is only $20 and this night will feel just like heaven, so be sure to come out to have the time of your life.


Stay in Tonight with These Food Apps

rebecca - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

As fall settles in here in the Burgh, sometimes its hard to ever want to leave the comfort of your home—and with these helpful apps, we’re encouraging you not to. Check out these food delivery apps, and let the food come to you.

Pittsburgh Fresh is a local delivery service that combines convenience and healthy eating. Providing everything from full catered dinners to quick bites, Pittsburgh Fresh accommodates dietary needs and restrictions and promises meals that are all natural, never frozen, protein packed, and free of preservatives and artificial sugar. Why spend an hour cooking a healthy meal yourself when you could come home to it at your door? With a menu spanning from buffalo chicken pasta to black bean burgers to lentil chili, Pittsburgh Fresh makes healthy seem easy and tasty all at the same time!

UberEats We already know and love Uber for getting us around Pittsburgh, but now with UberEats, all the delicaicies of Pittsburgh come directly to your door. Simply browse and select your meal, and UberEats will automatically use your card on file to pay for you. The best part? Just like the ride share service, UberEats lets you track your food delivery so you can eagerly count down the minutes to pure satisfaction!

Eat24 Busy and don’t have time to browse? Or maybe youre a creature of habit? Then Eat24 will make ordering food that much easier. This site, like others, delivers food directly to you, but also has unique account features that let you save your favorite restaurants and meals, and re-order and pre-order. Not only does Eat24 deliver,as you may guess, 24 hours a day, but they also offer live chat, phone, and email support for when ordering gets difficult. Eat24 also rewards loyalty, and lets you earn cashback to use on future orders—its like getting paid to eat!

Postmates Sometimes you need food delivered; other times you need food and toothpaste delivered. With Postmates, local couriers will pick up anything from any store and bring it directly to you. For $10 per month, you can upgrade your Postmates service to Plus Unlimited, offering you free  delivery from select stores and restaurants on orders over $25.

GoPuff Providing yet again more than food service, GoPuff acts as an online convenience store with 30 minute or less delivery. Offering everything from phone chargers to Halloween candy, GoPuff brings everything you need right to you without involving a middle man. When you spend more than $49, your delivery is free, and anything short of that is a flat delivery fee of just $1.95!

With these apps, we fully endorse staying in, cozying up, and letting someone else do that hard work of take out for you!


10 Best Happy Hour Spots

rebecca - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

When it’s been a long week and it’s only Wednesday, there is only one thing to do…HAPPY HOUR! Happy Hours are the perfect excuse to grab a drink on weekdays. It is the only time bars offer killer deals on cocktails, wine and beer. On the weekends, it is a lot harder to come by specials that’ll get you great drinks without breaking the bank. Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas are fully stocked with bars making it easy to find a delicious drink for a low price. In case you haven’t been to a happy hour in the city or are looking for some new places to check out, we’ve made a list of the Top 10 Happy Hours in Pittsburgh for you!

  1. Kaya—Strip District

This island-inspired restaurant offers happy hour 4:30-6:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Specials include ½ off all drinks and draft beers!

  1. Bar Marco—Strip District

Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday head down to the strip district for $6 dollar cocktails from 5:00-6:00 p.m. What’s even better? Their entire food menu is ½ off also!

  1. Smallman Galley—Strip District

Grab something to eat and get the perfect drink to go with it for ½ off! All cocktails, beers and wines fall under this special! Happy hour is Tuesday thru Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

  1. Hidden Harbor—Squirrel Hill

This modern tiki bar offers tropical beverages for $5-$6 as well as an additional special based on the day of the week. You get to feel like your on vacation without the travel Tuesday thru Friday from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

  1. Olive or Twist—Downtown

If the name didn’t give it away, this place has fabulous martinis! Get $2 off specialty martinis $1 off drafts and $5 glasses of wine Mondays 4:00-6:00 p.m. and Tuesday thru Friday 4:00-7:00 p.m.

  1. Condado Tacos—Downtown

$3 Margaritas and $3-4 tacos, need we say more? Deals run Monday thru Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

  1. City Works—Downtown

This fairly new restaurant located in PPG Place offers a great happy hour Monday thru Friday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Enjoy $4 beers, $4 appetizers, and ½ priced glasses of wine!

  1. The Urban Tap—Southside

Located right on East Carson Street, this gastropub offers $2 off drafts and cocktails as well as ½ off their delicious small plates! Stop by Monday thru Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for these specials!

  1. Rivertowne—North Shore

With ½ off all drinks including their own brews and a $3 snack menu, this happy hour will not disappoint! Head over Monday thru Friday 4:00-6:00 p.m.

  1. Seviche—Downtown

This latin-inspired restaurant and bar offers $5 margaritas and mojitos as well as $4 glasses of wine and $3 latin beers. $5 tapas are also available Monday-Saturday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Grab your co-workers, friends, or family and relax at any of these fantastic happy hours! Let us know what you think! Take a selfie with your drinks and tag us on Instagram!


The 10 Best Halloween Movies

rebecca - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

With Halloween quickly approaching, it is time to gather your friends and hunker down for a Halloween movie marathon.  There is a huge variety of movies to choose from ranging from family-friend flicks to scream evoking horror movies.

Halloweentown (1998)

Rating: G

This family comedy tells the story of a girl who, after learning she is a witch, helps to save a town full of other supernatural creatures.  It is a great movie for the whole family to enjoy.

Beetlejuice (1988)

Rating: PG

Beetlejuice, staring Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, is about a deceased couple who is not happy about the family moving into their old house.  They try to scare them out, but to no avail.  That’s when they call on Beetlejuice to help them.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Rating: PG

This is the perfect movie to watch if scary movies and Halloween aren’t for you.  This family friendly movie stars three people and an immortal cat who are trying to stop three witch sisters reign of terror.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Rating: PG

In this animated movie, Jack Skellington is the king of Halloween Town.  He becomes bored with the monotony of Halloween and tries to get the ghoul and goblin residents of Halloweentown to help him put on Christmas in lieu of Halloween.

Corpse Bride (2005)

Rating: PG

Corpse Bride is an animated movie with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as the voices of the two main characters.  It is about a shy groom who accidently marries a deceased woman when he practices his vows in a graveyard.

The Addams Family (1991)

Rating: PG-13

This movie, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, and Christopher Lloyd is a well-known favorite.  It is about con artists who use an imposter to try and gain access to the Addams family’s riches.

Frankenstein (1931)

Not Rated

A mad scientist assembles a living being from parts of corpses and creates Frankenstein, played by Colin Clive.  This old movie is a classic movie to watch on Halloween.

Halloween (1978)

Rating: R

If scary movies are your thing, then this movie is for you.  It stars Donald Pleasence as Michael Myers, an escaped mental hospital patient who is returning to a small town to kill.

 Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Rating: R

This movie is a well-known classic starring Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, a man sent to Sleepy Hollow with the mission of investigating the decapitations of three people.  The town is plagued by the legacy of the headless horseman.

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Rated: R

This horror movie tells the tale of five interwoven stories at occur on Halloween.  The stories occur on the same night, on the same block.  The stars of the movie include Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, and Dylan Baker.

So, next movie night, make some popcorn and curl up with one of these choices to get you in a spooky mood.  Who knows, you might even get inspiration for a Halloween costume from one of the characters.  And, if you have a favorite movie that isn’t on this list, let us know in the comments below!


12 Fall Recipes

rebecca - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall is upon us, with crisp leaves on the ground and the return of pumpkin spice-flavored everything. Even though the Pittsburgh temperatures still have us thinking of summer, we’ve compiled a list of simple Fall recipes to get you in the mood for the changing of the seasons.

1. Drinks

Most of us are guilty of running to Starbucks at the first sign of Fall for the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte, but when you need an adult alternative, try these fall sips: 

Apple Cider Mimosas

Spiked Cider Floats

Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria

2. Spaghetti Squash

It’s the hot new fall vegetable. Replacing carbs, the same way cauliflower does in most recipes, spaghetti squash is an easy fix that tastes delicious with an endless variety of recipes:

Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowls

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Everything Pumpkin Now that we’ve given you some fall alternatives to pumpkin, here is the best of the best when it comes to fall’s token ingredient:

3. Sweet:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

4. Savory:

Pumpkin Spinach Pasta

20-Minute Pumpkin Soup

Ravioli with Pumpkin and Sage Alfredo

It can be hard to let go of summer, but these recipes are the perfect cozy transition into the new season. Stay home tonight, and get cooking—and drinking! Cheers to fall!


Fall Home Decoration

rebecca - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A change in season means a change in home décor — Fall is finally here and if you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to make your home transition from the warm summer weather to the cool crisp days and nights of autumn. They say— home is where the heart is— so take pride in the place you call home and make it look its best by following this year’s fall trends!

Barn Wood

Barn Wood décor is one of the newer rustic trends that is guaranteed to make your home feel cozy and warm. There are many easy tips and ideas to follow to add barn wood decorations to your place, and the best part is that it will look amazing! This year’s barn wood trends include a lot of DIY decorations like shelves, frames and wine racks. There are tons of great ideas on Pinterest and Etsy, so find what you like and add it to your place for the perfect fall feel!

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/barn-wood-decor/?lp=true

https://www.etsy.com/market/barnwood_decor

Mason Jars

The use of mason jars has become very popular over the past few years. This easy and cheap décor idea adds a nice, flattering touch to your home. You can use a mason jar for anything! They can be used as flowerpots, utensil holders, candle holders or even for spice storage. I have also seen many people use mason jars for toiletry storage. One for your Q-tips, one for your toothbrush and toothpaste, one for your cotton balls, and even one for some of your favorite lip colors. Mason jars are the perfect addition to anyone’s apartment that can be used year-round!

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/g2668/mason-jar-ideas

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=mason%20jar%20decor&rs=typed&term_meta[]=mason%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=jar%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=decor%7Ctyped

Woven Textures

Lots and lots of woven textures! There are so many easy ways to bring woven elements into your apartment this fall. Many trending homes have woven rugs and furniture pieces as well as pillows, blankets and baskets. This trend will bring the perfect warm feel into your home just as the weather starts to cool down!

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=woven%20textures%20decor&rs=typed&term_meta[]=woven%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=textures%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=decor%7Ctyped

Blush Pink

It’s time for everything to be pretty in pink again! Blush pink is back and better than ever! This trend will add some nice subtle color to your home. Try spicing up your apartment and add some nice blush accent elements like pillows, candles or lamps. You can also try adding some other subtle colors to really bring out the blush. Faded colors are in right now, so add some baby blues and light greens to make your home really pop! It will add some brightness to the gloomy fall days and will look amazing!

https://www.etsy.com/market/blush_home_decor

Colorful Quilts and Rugs

Plain and boring is out, and color in finally in! The new trend is to ditch your all white rugs and comforters and add some color to your home! Colorful rugs and quilts are the perfect addition to your fall décor. They are a good-looking element that will bring warmth and comfort into your home this fall!

https://www.pinterest.com/judymartinquilt/decorating-with-quilts/?lp=true

Matte Black

We all love some good black… black sweaters, black jeans, black shoes and yes, black home accessories. Matte black is in! It’s simple and looks great! Whether it’s an entire furniture piece, or just some small accessories, adding matte black into your home this fall is the way to go! You can even take items that already in your home and paint them black. Matte black accents are really trendy right now, like vases, frames, shelves and utensils. This is an easy and cheap way to make your home trendy, so get to it!

http://www.loveandrenovations.com/black-home-decor/

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=matte%20black%20home%20decor&rs=typed&term_meta[]=matte%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=black%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=home%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=decor%7Ctyped


Faros Farmers Market

rebecca - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Living in the city, it can be hard to stay in touch with the more rural aspects of life. Often, it is easiest to run to the Aldi down the street rather than putting in the effort to acquire fresh produce. Even if you strive to eat organic and shop at Whole Foods, that can wreak havoc on your budget.

Farmer’s markets could be the answer. Purchasing goods from a farmer’s market has many benefits to both your health and the health of your local economy. They offer fresh, organic produce that has not been smothered in pesticides or tumbling around in transport for days before it hits the grocery store shelves. In addition, buying from a local farmer’s market supports the farmers and local small business economy of your area. They offer a wide range of organic produce or homemade goods for a reasonable price.

And the best news? There is a plethora of farmers markets within proximity of the city on any given day.

Saturdays:
Lawrenceville Farmers Market
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Arsenal Park, between 39th and 40th Streets, and between Butler and Penn Streets

Shadyside Farmers Market
Time 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Liberty School lot (on the corner of Ellsworth and Ivy Street)

Bloomfield Saturday Market
Time 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 5050 Liberty Avenue (between S. Winebiddle and Gross Streets)

Sundays:
CitiParks Squirrel Hill
Time 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Beacon/Bartlett parking lot

Monday:
CitiParks East Liberty
Time 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Station Street & N. Euclid Avenue parking lot

Tuesday:
CitiParks South Side
Time 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: 18th Street and Carson Street parking lot

Wednesday:
Farmers at Phipps
Time 2:30 – 6:30 PM
Location: One Schenely Park (Outside Phipps Conservatory)

Thursday:
Market Square Downtown Farmers Market
Time 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Market Square

Friday:
Citiparks North Side
Time 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: East Park, East Ohio Street & Cedar Avenue

The majority of these farmer’s markets offer a similar variety of goods ranging from fresh produce and flowers to homemade breads and sweets. Depending on the size of the farmer’s market, homemade humus and cheeses may be available, too.

It is important to note that farmer’s market season is drawing to an end as the weather turns cold and the leaves begin to fall. Most farmer’s markets have their last outing during the last week of October, although some extend to the first week in November. Before you go, make sure the market you are planning on visiting is still open for the season!

Listed above are only some of the options available for visiting a farmer’s market on any given day. If you are looking for a farmer’s market in outside of the city or wondering about the specific offerings of one, please check out the following website.

www.goodfoodpittsburgh.com/pittsburgh-farmers-markets-2017

Before the season draws to a close, be sure to grab a friend and stop by a local farmer’s market! When you do, be sure to let us know and post a picture to our Facebook page.


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